Mildura Weekly : Friday January 31 Vol 8 No 13
Mildura Weekly – 31/01/14 13 www.milduraphonebook.com.au By ALAN ERSKINE FAY and Clive Linnett live on the reasonably remote 100-year-old Kilfera sheep and cattle station near Ivanhoe in the western divi- sion of NSW. It’s a busy station...there’s al- ways stock to move, buy, sell or truck away to agist, always some- thing that needs replacing or fix- ing, always long trips into town for materials, groceries or other basics, as well as trips to the den- tist, doctor, chemist etc. But the Linnets are never too busy to neglect the region they love, running the annual Kilfera Field Days for a quarter of a cen- tury, and they are usually the first to put up their hands for various committees, civic work, fund-rais- ers and other charity events, with the Royal Flying Doctor Service a major and ongoing project. Clive, a long- serving Central Darling councillor, has already received recognition with an Order of Australia, and now it’s the turn of Fay, who has just been awarded an OAM for her 40 years of behind-the-scenes work in the grazing community. It comes on top of recent ac- colades and awards, including being named the shire’s Citizen of the Year, and making the NSW Woman of the Year Honour Roll last year. A few years ago, Fay was de- scribed by Member for Murray- Darling, John Williams, as “a powerhouse in the Ivanhoe com- munity and the remote far west of NSW.” A quiet, unassuming woman in her mid 60’s, Fay has an amaz- ing record of community service embracing four decades, and there are some who believe an award like the Order of Australia is long overdue. Over the years, Fay, a Justice of the Peace, has been involved in a combination of work with charitable, church, tourism, education, historical, youth and senior citizens organ- isations. Her outside work and inter- ests are on top of helping Clive and their son Peter run Kilfera, and doing much of the organising for the field days, which are now in their 25th year, and which have so far raised more than $245,000 for the RFDS. Each year Fay sends out more than 350 invitations, liaises with agricultural groups and the me- dia, acts as field days secretary and treasurer, sources donations, products for the field day and sponsors, organises stall-holders, catering and toilets, and virtually operates the Kilfera ‘visitor centre.’ Her other volunteer work in- cludes being president/secretary/ treasurer of Ivanhoe Ladies Golf and the golf club for 25 years, secretary/treasurer of the Ivanhoe Telecentre for nine years, holding similar roles for almost the same period on the community hall committee, being secretary/ treasurer of the Ivanhoe Revival Group, and the local tourist asso- ciation, for 13 years, having a 10-year as- sociation with the Cobb Highway Ac- tion Group, and be- ing on the committees of Ivanhoe Health Ad- visory Council, The Long Paddock group and Ivanhoe Youth Centre for a combined 26 years, and spending the last eight years as treasurer of the town’s St Stephens Anglican Church. And believe it or not, in her ‘spare’ time, Fay lends a hand, again on a voluntary basis, at the Ivanhoe RSL Club, helping out with bar service, serving in the dining room, snack bat duties and selling raffle tickets. She also helps out on town market days, and acts as relieving reporter for the Hillston Spectator, keeping people up to date with local hap- penings. Far lists one of her proudest achievements (and passions) is to Ivanhoe Senior Citizens, help- ing organise various functions for the past 17 years, as well as fund-raising and lobbying coun- cil whenever there are funding opportunities. A proud Clive accompanied Fay to Government House in Syd- ney on Sunday, where she was presented with her medal by NSW Governor, Professor The Honour- able Marie Bashir, AC CVO. Fay Linnett, OAM, stands tall in the NSW Western Division WINE enthusiasts across the country – including those in Mildura – are be- ing encouraged to take a stand against ‘bad plonk’ by tak- ing part in the ‘Fifth Leg Bad Taste Amnesty.’ To take place on Saturday, Febru- ary 15, the aim of thedayistoswapa bottle of bad wine for a bottle of ‘Fifth Leg’ branded liquor for free. Participating First Choice liquor outlets across the country will help participants with the swap from 1pm to 5pm – which will be limited to one per person. More informa- tion is available by visiting www.face- book.com/fifth- legwines, or www. fifthleg.com.au. Fifth Leg campaign aims to ‘stamp out’ bad plonk LEARN HOW TO UNDERSTAND BIBLE PROPHECY FIND OUT what GOD is doing in our world TODAY. DISCOVER how these predictions will affect YOU and your family. WHERE: WHEN: BOOKINGS? Admission is FREE! Just turn up on the night and PREPARE TO BE AMAZED!
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